News on the topic: freedom of peaceful assembly

48 organizations from 24 countries "strongly condemn the continuing wave of detentions and harassment" in Belarus

23.03.2017 48 organizations from 24 countries "strongly condemn the continuing wave of detentions and harassment" in Belarus

We, 48 undersigned organizations from 24 countries, strongly condemn the continuing wave of detentions and harassment of peaceful protesters, journalists, human rights defenders, civil society activists, anarchists and opposition party members in Belarus.

ODIHR Director calls on Belarus to uphold rights to freedom of peaceful assembly and expression in protests

18.03.2017 ODIHR Director calls on Belarus to uphold rights to freedom of peaceful assembly and expression in protests

Michael Georg Link, Director of the OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR), expressed concern over the reported fining and detention of dozens of protestors and human rights activists in Belarus over the last week for their participation in peaceful public assemblies.

EU calls to release detained protesters in Belarus

18.03.2017 EU calls to release detained protesters in Belarus

"The latest developments in Belarus highlight a clear need for a broader democratisation process in the country. Freedom of association and of assembly needs to be ensured. Recently detained peaceful protesters, including journalists covering the events, must be immediately released," Spokesperson of the European Union External Action Service said in a statement.

Belarus crackdown: more than 200 arrested or detained in two weeks

17.03.2017 Belarus crackdown: more than 200 arrested or detained in two weeks

The new repression of peaceful protesters currently ongoing in Belarus confirms the absence of political change, declared FIDH and Human Rights Center (HRC) Viasna today.

Over 50 trials across Belarus: 20 protesters jailed

16.03.2017 Over 50 trials across Belarus: 20 protesters jailed

At least 52 persons have stood trials today in Minsk, Hrodna and Mahilioŭ following yesterday's violent detentions of participants in peaceful protests against President's Decree No. 3.

HRHF voices concerns over "parasites tax" protests at UN Human Rights Council

16.03.2017 HRHF voices concerns over "parasites tax" protests at UN Human Rights Council

"Everybody should be allowed to exercise their right to peaceful assembly," Léa Meindre-Chautrand, International Advocacy Associate at the Human Rights House Foundation, said in a statement to the UN Human Rights Council on March 15.

Dozens held after legal protest in Minsk, many beaten by police

15.03.2017 Dozens held after legal protest in Minsk, many beaten by police

At least 52 people have been detained after a protest held yesterday in Minsk. Many detentions were marked by excessive use of violence on the part of the police.

Over 120 protesters, journalists detained in unprecedented crackdown on peaceful dissent since March 3

15.03.2017 Over 120 protesters, journalists detained in unprecedented crackdown on peaceful dissent since March 3

According to human rights defenders, over 120 persons have been detained since March 3, including opposition activists, journalists and ordinary protesters.

UN Special Rapporteurs concerned about recurring violence against demonstrators in Belarus

15.03.2017 UN Special Rapporteurs concerned about recurring violence against demonstrators in Belarus

Belarus is being urged by a UN human rights expert to stop acts of violence and harassment against demonstrators and to respect freedom of peaceful assembly.

More activists imprisoned and fined ahead of new protests

14.03.2017 More activists imprisoned and fined ahead of new protests

The courts in Brest and Hrodna have sentenced several activists to jail terms of up to 15 days on charges of involvement in protests held on February 19. Others were fined for the same offenses.

International human rights groups: Belarus protests in focus

14.03.2017 International human rights groups: Belarus protests in focus

The arrest of dozens of protesters and journalists over the weekend is the “biggest crackdown in years”, Amnesty International said in response to the alarming reports coming from Belarus.

Courts convict activists, journalists over protests

13.03.2017 Courts convict activists, journalists over protests

The courts in a number of cities across Belarus, including Orša, Babrujsk and Brest have heard today administrative charges brought against peaceful protesters detained following yesterday’s protests. Several reporters were also detained and eventually found guilty of “illegal demonstrating” and other minor offenses.

Protesters, journalists detained across Belarus

12.03.2017 Protesters, journalists detained across Belarus

Numerous opposition activists and journalists working for independent media have been detained today before and after protests held across the country, including in Orša, Babrujsk, Kobryn and Brest.

Protesters sentenced to jail terms in Maladziečna

11.03.2017 Protesters sentenced to jail terms in Maladziečna

The Maladziečna District Court has ordered jail terms ranging between 7 and 15 days against a dozen persons detained following yesterday’s protest, including several opposition leaders, Anatol Liabedzka and Vital Rymasheuski, in particular.

Stop persecution of citizens for exercising their right to peaceful protest and expression

11.03.2017 Stop persecution of citizens for exercising their right to peaceful protest and expression

The Human Rights Center "Viasna" notes the deterioration of the overall human rights situation in the country.

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